Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra


I am way behind on my reading and reviewing but I managed to squeeze in a non-blog tour read while we were away in London recently! Many thanks to Cara at HQ Stories for my review copy!

About the book:

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.  

She’d been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.

Eleven years later she is replaced. 

A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.

Soon the imposter is living Bec’s life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends’ names. Playing with her twin brothers.

But Bec’s welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the imposter dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter—and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.

My thoughts:

I thought the premise for Only Daughter sounded right up my street, so I was really looking forward to reading it! I found myself left feeling deflated upon finishing it though. While the story is ok, it’s lacking a lot of the ingredients needed to make it stand out in its genre. Well for me it was anyway.

I liked the alternating time line. Something about them really intrigues me so I enjoyed the to and fro between real Bec and imposter Bec. I also thought that the author did a good job in capturing the teenaged Bec as regards attitude and emotions. I was less enamoured with imposter Bec, but towards the end of the novel she became my favourite character.

There are some genuinely chilling exchanges between characters in Only Daughter, and it was in these moments that you can see the authors potential for the future. I won’t say much about the plot, but I will say that when Anna Snoekstra gets it right, she gets it really right in terms of pace, action and tension.

I’ve seen varying reviews for Only Daughter, and I can see why it seems to veer both ways as regards star ratings. For me, I’m firmly in the “it was fine” camp. Neither excellent nor terrible, it was an easy read. Nothing really new or standing out, but I can definitely see the author’s potential for great things during the course of the book.

If you like psychological thrillers, give this one a go.

Have you read Only Daughter? Would you read it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


15 thoughts on “Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

      1. Hmmmmm I agree at the moment, that it’s neither likeable or unlikeable, I’m on the fence at the moment. I’m not a fan of the past and present structure. Also not a fan of the way the author’s painted the police missing person’s part, it’s quite unrealistic, and I’m constantly wondering why ‘future’ bec refers to her mum as “mom”, us Australian’s don’t generally use mom (well I do, but my family is Australian/American ROFL) and I’ve come across no mention that the family isn’t Australian and assuming because it is set in Australia, they are… Hmmmm. I don’t like current Bec at all at the moment, I’m quite disgusted with her. And to be honest, I’m not liking past bec’s ‘experience’ that she’s going through at the point in the book i’m up too… I hope I start liking it soon, or I’d better think of a nicer way to word all that! I am enjoying the way the author is alternating between POV styles, she’s doing it quite well.

  1. I think I’m in the minority because I loved it!! I gave it 5* as it ticked all the boxes for me but I can also see why others wouldn’t be as enthusiastic as I was. Most reviews have been similar to yours where it’s been “okay” xx

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